Athena is a small city stylist who has recently opened her very own chic boutique, Rella's Closet. She hasn't been the luckiest in love and has yet to learn that her worth isn't determined by the success of her love life. She needs to slow down in love while turning up her passion for fashion. The outspoken, ghetto-fabulous, Zendaya is unsure of her place in this world. Love and happiness are a fantasy a lifetime away, which she doesn't have the desire to sit around waiting for. Her baby girl, Icis, and best friend Athena, give her the focus she needs to move past the pain of her childhood while holding her head high in hope of a pleasant future. She's always been a good loyal friend to Athena, but what happens when a secret threatens to destroy their bond? Andre is a perfect gentleman who has been silently in love with Athena since high school, but just hasn't found the right opportunity to win over her heart. Lorenzo is an Alpha male who goes after what he wants and right now Athena is his target. Can Zendaya's and Athena's friendship overcome a major hurdle? Will Andre win over Athena before Lorenzo's quiet storm sneaks in to steal her heart? And who will have a dramatic revelation? Everyone has choices to make. Athena, Zendaya, Andre, and Lorenzo are all faced with the challenge of not letting their insecurities determine their futures. Life is an experience that we carry with us everywhere, always...Like a tattoo.
Explore the dark subculture of 1950s tattoos!In the early 1950s, when tattoos were the indelible mark of a lowlife, an erudite professor of English--a friend of Gertrude Stein, Thomas Mann, Andre Gide, and Thornton Wilder--abandoned his job to become a tattoo artist (and incidentally a researcher for Alfred Kinsey). Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos tells the story of his years working in a squalid arcade on Chicago's tough State Street. During that time he left his mark on a hundred thousand people, from youthful sailors who flaunted their tattoos as a rite of manhood to executives who had to hide their passion for well-ornamented flesh. Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos is anything but politically correct. The gritty, film-noir details of Skid Row life are rendered with unflinching honesty and furtive tenderness. His lascivious relish for the young sailors swaggering or staggering in for a new tattoo does not blind him to the sordidness of the world they inhabited. From studly nineteen-year-olds who traded blow jobs for tattoos to hard-bitten dykes who scared the sailors out of the shop, the clientele was seedy at best: sailors, con men, drunks, hustlers, and Hells Angels. These days, when tattoo art is sported by millionaires and the middle class as well as by gang members and punk rockers, the sheer squalor of Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos is a revelation. However much tattoo culture has changed, the advice and information is still sound:
Calling kids and art lovers of all ages: get creative and make the tattoos in this beautiful coloring book take shape and come to life by adding your own color and detail. Use the imaginative outlines in this book to produce your own cool works of art featuring awesome tattoos with colored pencils. Each delightful scenario is guaranteed to bring out your creative instincts, enabling you to complete it with colors of your choosing. Also check out the other volumes in this gorgeous coloring book series, featuring fairies, victoriana patterns, flowers, and impressionist artwork. By the end you will have a gallery of personalized pictures that you will be proud to call your own.
The book that shows how to make the most of your money?now updated.
Living on a budget is essential for the vast majority of Americans. This new edition lays out the basics of budgeting, clearly and inexpensively. Readers will discover how to follow a budget, how to make the necessary big purchases, the financial dangers of leasing a car, and how to get their budget on paper and in workable categories.
Butterfly Tattoo is an exploration into the concept of change and how it can manifest itself in one's life. Through poetry and definition this book seeks to guide and celebrate change and its possibilities. Butterfly Tattoo is a tribute to change and the personal journey it creates.
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